And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, (5:9).
High priests were appointed to function as a mediator between Holy God and sinful man, offering sacrifices for the sins of man, including those of the high priest. Because the high priest was human and beset with the weaknesses of sin, he was expected to be a gentle minister to those in need. And because of his humanity, the high priest would die, necessitating another be appointed in his place. So while the high priest could be God’s instrument to offer sacrifices for sin, he could never be the source of eternal salvation.
For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself, (5:1-3).
But One would come in humility, the only begotten Son of God, who would be appointed as a priest forever.
And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”;
6 just as He says also in another passage,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek,” (5:4-6).
Although He was fully God, He was fully man; born a virgin to live as a man in the flesh, but in perfect piety. And although He had every right to be honored as Almighty, He laid aside His rights, fully obedient in all that He suffered in order to be tested and proven sinless.
In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, (5:7-9).
made perfect: 5048. τελειόω teleióō. Complete, mature. To complete, make perfect by reaching the intended goal, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
He was made perfect; some translations read He was perfected. But it is certainly not as though He had some flaw that needed correcting; rather because He completed the goal perfectly, He perfectly qualified Himself as the Source of Eternal Salvation.
source: 89.15 αἰτίαa, ας f; αἴτιονa, ου n; αἴτιος, ου m: reason or cause for an event or state—‘reason, cause, source, because of…
Louw- Nida Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament
It is only because of Jesus Christ, the Perfect, Sinless Son of God, the reason, the cause, the Source of Eternal Salvation, that man can be saved.
Consider Him, the Source of Eternal Salvation
- He is the Source of Eternal Salvation Who opens the door to abundant life.
- I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” (John 10:9-10).
- He is the Source of Eternal Salvation Who keeps us secure in His hand.
- “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand,” (John 10:27-28).
- He is the Source of Eternal Salvation Who is the Righteous Author of Life, raised from the dead.
- But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses, (Acts 3:14-15 ESV).
- He is the Source of Eternal Salvation Who grants us peace with God.
- Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God, (Romans 5:1-2).
- He is the Source of Eternal Salvation Who was given as a free gift from God.
- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).
How do we respond to Him, the Source of Eternal Salvation?
The Word of God should always elicit a response; especially when considering this crucial matter of Eternal Salvation.
One critical question to ponder:
Have we agreed with His Word, believed and placed our faith in God’s Son Who was given as the only Source of Salvation, the only way and truth that grants access to come to the Father for Eternal Life?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).
His Word is clear. We either have Eternal Life or we don’t. Sitting on the fence will take us somewhere; but it won’t be to heaven. There is no middle ground to stand upon; neutrality is really a predisposed choice to deny Him, the Source of Eternal Salvation. And we cannot choose our own way; all paths do not lead to God.
There is one way; and one way only. Jesus Christ is the only Source of Eternal Salvation and He is the only Way that leads to Eternal Life.
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life, (1 John 5:11-12).
If you have any doubt, please do not go another moment without settling this matter today. Agree with His Word; all of us have sinned; all of us have fallen short; all of us need His saving grace.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).
“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are,” (Acts 15:11).
It is only as we obey His Word, acknowledge our need for salvation, and place our faith in Him, the Source of Eternal Salvation, that we will be saved.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation, (Romans 10:9-10).
…He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, (5:9).
His Salvation is Eternal. And when we believe Him to be the only Source of Eternal Salvation, we can trust that our eternity is secure in Him. Today, let us drink in the truth of His Word. He wants us to be secure in this: when we believe in the name of the Son of God as the Source of Eternal Salvation, we can know that we know… we have eternal life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life, (1 John 5:13).
Such a marvelous Salvation! Oh, that we would never get over it; that we would be filled with overflowing gratitude for Him, the Source of Eternal Salvation and the Source of all our praise and thanks!
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name, (Hebrews 13:15).